News, Openings, Events

 

OPENINGS

In general, if you have excellent credentials and you are interested to work in our group, email a notice of interest and your detailed CV to Alberto Tiraferri. There might be a possibility to fund your stay through a competitive fellowship program, such as Marie Sklodowska-Curie.

NEWS

December 6, 2018

Our article titled “Stepwise synthesis of oligoamide coating on a porous support: Fabrication of a membrane with controllable transport properties” has been accepted for publication in Separation and Purification Technology. This article presents a new tight ultrafiltration membrane consisting of a tunable oligoamide layer that shows different selectivity as a function of the growth of the dendritic oligoamide structure.  This study was conducted in collaboration with the U of the Negev, Sde Boqer, Israel, Dr. Roni Kasher and Dr. Roy Bernstein as principal investigators. Please read more from the publisher by clicking here.

November 15-17, 2018

Prof. Tiraferri is at the WaterEnrgyNEXUS 2018 conference in Salerno, Italy, organized by the SEED group of Prof. Belgiorn and Prof. Naddeo out of University of Salerno.  On Saturday, the conference will visit the wastewater treatment plant of Punto Gradelle in Vico Equense.

October 27, 2018

Our article titled “Synthesis of eco-compatible bimetallic silver/iron nanoparticles for water remediation and reactivity assessment on bromophenol blue” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Cleaner Production. This article presents a new protocol for the synthesis of silver-zerovalent iron nanoparticles for the nanoremediation of contaminated sites.  The new protocol does not make use of hazardous sodium borohydride and it produces highly reactive bimetallic nanoparticles.  This study was conducted in collaboration with the Environmental Nanotechnology Lab of DIATI with Prof. Sethi as principal investigator.

October 25, 2018

Prof. Tiraferri is at Politecnico di Milano as member of the advisory board for the Emerging African Innovation Leaders program. The teams of African brokers from six different countries of the continent will present their project ideas to spur the transition to the Next Production Revolution (NPR) in their respective countries.

September 30 – October 4, 2018

Francesco Ricceri and Prof. Alberto Tiraferri are in Palermo (Italy) for SDEWES 2018, the 13th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems. They have an oral presentation on “Desalination of brackish groundwaters with forward osmosis coupled with nanofiltration for the recovery of draw solutes” and a poster presentation on “Membrane distillation for brine treatment: membrane evaluation and coupling with solar thermal energy. They were kindly invited here by Prof. Giorgio Micale and his research group.

September 26, 2018

Maria Di Vincenzo, Ph.D. student at the European Membrane Institute (IEM) in Montpellier, France, under the supervision of Prof. Mihai Barboiu and Dr. Yves-Marie Legrand, is visiting the en.sur.e. water lab.  She will stay for roughly three weeks characterizing her innovative membranes comprising artificial water channels in our laboratories.  In particular, she will test the ability of these membranes to perform seawater desalination and their long-term stability while in use.  Have a great stay, Maria!

September 25, 2018

Our article titled “Rapid Desorption of Polyelectrolytes from Solid Surfaces Induced by Changes of Aqueous Chemistry” has just been accepted in Langmuir. In this paper, we discuss the way in which polymer layer can desorb from solid surfaces following changes in aqeuous chemistry, relevant for many environmental processes and applications of both materials and polymers (e.g., flocculation).  Please read more from the publisher by clicking here.

September 7, 2018

Our article titled “Maximizing the degree of sulfonation of polysulfone supports in TFC membranes for osmotically-driven processes” has just been accepted in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. In this paper, we discuss the properties and performance of TFC membranes with maximized level of sulfonation in their polysulfone-based support layer. Please read more from the publisher by clicking here.

September 3-4, 2018

Prof. Tiraferri is visiting Prof. Veronica Morales and her research group in the Department Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California Davis. Prof. Tiraferri will meet all the group members individually and have a group discussion about research progress and possible collaborations. More info about the work and the lab of Prof. Morales can be found here.

August 21-23, 2018

Prof. Tiraferri and Ph.D. student Mattia Giagnorio are visiting Prof. Katherine Zodrow at Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. Prof. Tiraferri has met several engineering faculty and gave a seminar on “Membrane-based Processes for Improved Water Management: Two Case Studies“.  Mattia Giagnorio will remain here as part of his Ph.D. work to conduct research in Katherine’s lab until the end of 2018.

August 11-17, 2018

Prof. Tiraferri and Ph.D. student Mattia Giagnorio are at the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on “Membranes: Materials and Processes”.  They are presenting posters on forward osmosis and on abatement of pharmaceuticals from wastewater.

August 2, 2018

Our article in collaboration with the University of Turin, titled “Coupling of nanofiltration and thermal Fenton reaction for the abatement of carbamazepine in wastewater” has just been accepted for publication in ACS Omega.  In this article, we discuss the potential of nanofiltration as a pre-treatment to remove hydroxyl radical scavengers  from wastewater effluents and enhance the efficiency of Fenton oxidation.  Please read more from the publisher by clicking here.

July 26-27, 2018

The en.sur.e. water lab and the groundwater engineering group are in Mondovì (CN). They are presenting their latest research activities in the seminar on the protection and valorization of water resources on Thursday.  On Friday, the groups are performing field measurements at three water springs, two fracture karst springs and one seepage spring in the area of Val Corsaglia. These three springs provide between 50 and 500 L/s water of exceedingly high quality to the Langhe region.  The groups will also visit the karst caves of Bossea, which host a laboratory of the DIATI Department to study paleoclimate.

July 5-13, 2018

Mattia Giagnorio, Francesco Ricceri, and Daria Grinic are at Nym 2018 and Euromembrane 2018 in Valencia, Spain. Mattia, Ph.D. student, has an oral presentation at Nym on July 6 at 9.45am about “Coupling nanofiltration with Fenton oxidation for pharmaceutical abatement in wastewater treatment”. He also has an oral presentation about wastewater reuse by forward osmosis at Euromembrane on Thursday, July 12, at 3.10pm in the session “Membranes for wastewater treatment II”, held in Auditorium 1.  Do check him out if you have the chance! Francesco and Daria, both research assistants, have poster presentations in the sessions “Membranes for wastewater treatment” and “Membranes formation and surface modification”, respectively. Pay them a visit if you can!

June 28-29, 2018

Prof. Barbara Sherwood Lollar (University of Toronto, winner of the Eni Award for the Protection of the Environment 2012) is visiting Politecnico di Torino. During her time in Turin, Prof. Sherwood Lollar also paid a visit to our en.sur.e. water lab and was kind to engage in discussion with Prof. Tiraferri aboout science, water, and the environment. Please read more about Prof. Sherwood Lollar’s past and current accomplishments by clicking here.

June 23, 2018

Our article “Design and Performance of a Nanofiltration Plant for the Removal of Chromium Aimed at the Production of Safe Potable Water” has just been accepted for publication in Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering.  In this article, we discuss results obtained with a nanofiltration plant to treat chromium-contaminated well water.  Please read more from the publisher by clicking here.

June 19, 2018

Our article “Achieving Low Concentrations of Chromium in Drinking Water by Nanofiltration: Membrane Performance and Selection” has just been accepted for publication in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.  In this article, we discuss a comprehensive set of laboratory data to provide mechanisms of chromium removal with nanofiltration and to guide the choice of the appropriate membrane.  Please read more from the publisher by clicking here.

June 10-12

Prof. Tiraferri and Giulio Farinelli attended the conference “Interfaces Against Pollution” in La Grande-Motte, France, where they gave two presentations on nanoremediation and on cataytic degradation of contaminants using organometallic complexes.  Among the several colleagues who shared with them a good time and discussions, they were especially pleased by getting to know Rachele Ossola, a very bright young scientist who is now conducting her Ph.D. work at ETH (Switzerland).

June 6-8, 2018

Prof. Tiraferri visited the “Adaptive Supramolecular System” group headed by Prof. Mihai Barboiu and Dr. Yves-Marie Legrand in Montpellier. Prof. Tiraferri is involved in a project as a co-supervisor of IEM Ph.D. candidate Maria Di Vincenzo. Her research revolves around the development of polymeric membranes for desalination.

May 28-30, 2018

Prof. Tiraferri attended the 11th Colloid Chemistry Conference in Eger, Hungary.  He gave an invited presentation as keynote lecturer, speaking about understanding and controlling the colloidal stability and subsurface mobility of reactive nanoparticles used for the reclamatin of contaminated aquifers. He has especially enjoyed useful discussions with former colleagues Tamàs Szabò (U Szeged), Gregor Trefalt (U Genève), and Istvan Szilagyi (U Szeged), as well as with Alexander Talyzin (Umea U), Aristides Bakandritsos (Palacky U), and Erwin Klumpp (Forschungszentrum Jülich).

March 13-16, 2018

Prof. Tiraferri is in Israel to visit Prof. Guy Ramon (Technion) and as an invited speaker in the workshop on “Nanotechnologies in Clean-Tech Applications” organized by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and by the Italian Embassy in Tel Aviv.

March 9, 2018

Congratulations to all the students and researchers who saw their abstracts accepted for the conference Euromembrane 2018 (9-13 July 2018, Valencia, Spain):

  • Francesco Ricceri and Mattia Giagnorio: Production of high quality water from brackish groundwater using a Forward Osmosis – Nanofiltration system (oral)
  • Mattia Giagnorio: Coupling of nanofiltration and thermal Fenton reaction for the abatement of carbamazepine in wastewater (poster)
  • Antonio Amelio: Customized Nanofiltration Membranes Resistant to Harsh Solvents and Fabricated via Stepwise Oligoamide Synthesis (poster)
  • Daria Grinic and Mattia Giagnorio: Sulfonated polysulfone-based membranes for forward osmosis with highly hydrophilic and stable support layers (poster)
  • Antonio Amelio and Mattia Giagnorio: Energy requirements and environmental assessment of forward osmosis using different draw solutions (oral)

February 1, 2018

Prof. Tiraferri was kindly invited by the committee of the 11th Conference on Colloid Chemistry (May 28-30, 2018, Eger, Hungary) to give a keynote lecture. He will speak of the work in collaboration with Prof. Sethi, Dr. Tosco, and Dr. Bianco with a talk titled “Colloidal Behavior and Injection Strategies of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Aquifer Nanoremediation“. The conference is organized by The Hungarian Chemical Society, Eszterházy Károly University, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Hungarian Society of Natural Sciences, Chemistry Division. Please find our more by clicking here.

December 14, 2017

Our article in collaboration with KIT, Germany: “Organic Fouling through Magnetic Ion Exchange‐Nanofiltration (MIEX‐NF) in Water Treatment” was accepted in Journal of Membrane Science. Read more from the publisher by clicking here.

December 5, 2017

The official presentation of the Clean Water Center (CWC) will take place on Tuesday, 5 December 2017, at 2 pm at the theater room of SiTI in C.so Castelfidardo, 30 / A – Turin.

The Clean Water Center addresses technological challenges related to water safety and supply.  Its goals are the design and advancement of innovative water treatment systems to purify and to reclaim contaminated water streams efficiently and by using alternative energy sources. The activities of the CWC combine the scientific and technological expertise of four Departments of Politecnico di Torino: DIATI, DISAT, DENERG, and DET.

November 23-24, 2017

The en.sur.e. water lab is hosting Dr. Roni Kasher, Dr. Roy Bernstein, and their Ph.D. student, Paramita Manna, from The Zuckerberg Institute of Water Research of Ben Gurion University of The Negev, within the framework of the bilateral project “StepPolyMem”. This is officially the final meeting of the project and hopefully yet another step of a continued collaboration between our lab and these guest researchers.

November 1, 2017

Gulio Farinelli starts his Ph.D. in our group. He has a chemistry background and will investigate advanced oxidation processes in water and wastewater treatment. Welcome, Giulio!

October 6, 2017

The Makers Competition 2016-2017 took place on October 6th. Five finalist teams displayed their prototypes for water desalination and the team “Sunflower” was awarded the first place. Sunflower built and modeled a prototype of membrane distillation powered by solar thermal energy.

The Maker Competition is a competition among teams consisting of students from the courses Advanced Engineering thermodynamics (Prof. Pietro Asinari), Energy storage and trasmission (Prof. Elio Chiavazzo), and from the Masters’ degree in Environmental Engineering. This year, the competition was organized as a collaboration between Prof. Asinari (DENERG), Prof. Chiavazzo (DENERG), and Prof. Alberto Tiraferri (DIATI). The teams had a budget of total of EUR 150 to build and model a prototype to desalinate seawater with the supervising help of the Ph.D. students Matteo Morciano (DENERG) and Mattia Giagnorio (DIATI).

Please read more from here and see pictures of the event by clicking here.

September 21, 2017

Our article “Controlled Deposition of Particles in Porous Media for Effective Aquifer Nanoremediation” will be published in Scientific Reports.  This study is led by Prof. Sethi in the framework of the H2020 project “Reground” funded by the European Commission.  Please read more from the publisher by clicking here.

August 30, 2017

Our article “Fabrication of Nanofiltration Membranes via Stepwise Assembly of Oligoamide on Alumina Supports: Effect of Number of Reaction Cycles on Membrane Properties” will be published in Journal of Membrane Science.  This study is in collaboration with Dr. Kasher and Dr. Bernstein out of Ben Gurion University, Israel. Please read more from the publisher by clicking here.

July 13, 2017

A proposal for the application of forward osmosis and membrane distillation to reuse produced water has been funded; the project has a duration of two years and you can find out more about it by clicking here.

June 19, 2017

Our article in collaboration with IEM Montpellier: “Polyol-functionalized Thin-Film Composite Membranes with Improved Transport Properties and Boron Removal in Reverse Osmosis” was accepted in Journal of Membrane Science. Read more from the publisher by clicking here.

June 15, 2017

Today, we start our collaboration with Eni S.p.A. and with Syndial, Eni’s company focused on environment and environmental projects, to investigate and optimize treatment of contaminated groundwater using forward osmosis for beneficial use within industrial facilities as process or sanitary water.  Eni funded work on this topic for the next 2.5 years.  This collaboration will involve mostly experimental work both at the lab and at the pilot scale.

May 11, 2017:

Prof. Tiraferri, together with Prof. Sangermano from Politecnico di Torino, is visiting Dr. Ron Kasher and Dr. Roy Bernstein in The Department of Desalination & Water Treatment (DWT)  ofthe The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR) in SdeBoqer, Israel.  This travel is a second visit within a collaborative project on the fabrication and functionalization of membranes for wastewater treatment.

April 7, 2017

Our article “On – line UV curing of electrospun polysulfone fibers containing an acrylate as crosslinker” was accepted in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. Read more from the publisher by clicking here.

April 2, 2017

Post-doc researcher, Antonio Amelio, and PhD student Mattia Giagnorio are at the 3rd International Conference on Desalination using Membrane Technology in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain, with a talk and a poster: if you are around, do check them out. See website of the conference and download the program here.

April 1, 2017

Our article “Environmental Impacts of Detergents and Benefits of their Recovery in the Laundering Industry” was accepted in Journal of Cleaner Production. Read more from the publisher by clicking here.

March 31, 2017

The proposal for the interdepartmental center “CleanWaterCenter@PoliTo“, coordinated by Prof. Tiraferri, has been awarded funding for its establishment and its first three years of operation, amounting to 1.2 milion Euros. The CWC brings together 10 Professors from 4 different Departments of Politecnico di Torino (Environmental Engineering; Applied Science and Technology; Energy; Electronics and Telecommunications) working jointly for the development of technologies aimed at the purification of water and wastewater using advanced processes. Good luck for this new adventure!

March 1, 2017

Our article “Colloidal Behavior of Goethite Nanoparticles Modified with Humic Acid and Implications for Aquifer Reclamation” was accepted in Journal of Nanoparticle Research. Read more from the publisher by clicking here.

January 3, 2017

Our article “Ultrafiltration Membranes Functionalized with Polydopamine with Enhanced Contaminant Removal by Adsorption” was accepted in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. Read more from the publisher by clicking here.

December 1, 2016

Congratulations to all the students and researchers who saw their abstracts accepted for the 3rd International Conference on Desalination using Membrane Technology (2-5 April 2017, Gran Canaria, Spain):

  • Maria Di Vincenzo: Fabrication of functionalized thin-film composite membranes for desalination and boron rejection (oral)
  • Mattia Giagnorio: Application of integrated membrane treatment for innovative washing systems in industrial laundering (poster)
  • Antonio Amelio: Development of thin film composite polyamide membrane on alumina support with customized thickness (oral)

November 1, 2016:

Prof. Tiraferri, together with Prof. Sangermano from Politecnico di Torino, is visiting Dr. Ron Kasher and Dr. Roy Bernstein in The Department of Desalination & Water Treatment (DWT)  ofthe The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR) in SdeBoqer, Israel.  The visit fits within a collaborative project on the fabrication and functionalization of membranes for wastewater treatment.

September 19, 2016:

Our article “Solvent Stable UV cured Acrylic Polysulfone Membranes” was accepted in Polymer International. Read more from the publisher by clicking here.

August 31, 2016:

Prof. Tiraferri will be giving a talk at conference IAP 2016 in Lleida, Spain. The talk will focus on iron oxide particles used in site remediation technologies.  See more about the conference by clicking here.

July 26, 2016:

Our article “Ultrafiltration to Reuse Laundering Wash Water: Evaluation of Membranes and Permeate Flux” was accepted in Desalination and Water Treatment. Read more from the publisher by clicking here.

July 25, 2016:

Prof. Tiraferri will be visiting KIT on July 28th. He will be a guest of Prof. Andrea Iris Schäfer and will give a seminar on adsorption mechanisms of macromolecules, how these phenomena relate to organic fouling during water separation by membranes, and how we can reduce fouling and maximize process performance.

July 22, 2016:

Mattia Giagnorio is accepted as a PhD student. Congratulations, Mattia! He will start his work as a PhD student next Setpember.

July 1, 2016:

Workshop at DIATI – Politecnico di Torino: Nanoparticles and Water Resources, 11-12 July 2016
Lecturers from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and Politecnico di Torino

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